Rural Midwestern Mexican Fathers’ Perspectives on Family Food, Mealtimes, and Physical Activity

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2020-12-01
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Greder, Kimberly
Zaman, Andrew
Routh, Brianna
Hammons, Amber
Villegas, Elizabeth
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Two focus group interviews with eight low-income Mexican fathers in two communities in a rural Midwestern state explored fathers’ perceptions, behaviors, and roles related to child and family food consumption, mealtimes, and physical activity. On average, fathers were 34 years of age, had 10 years of formal education, and annual household incomes ranged from $36,250 to $46,249. Findings include the identification of fifteen themes through the process of thematic analysis that are organized by five thematic areas of interest (family food patterns, strategies for healthy eating, family roles in food shopping and preparation, family mealtimes, physical activity among families). Findings revealed ways fathers contributed to their children’s and families’ health and well-being, and challenges they faced. Health promotion efforts aimed at rural, low-income Mexican immigrant families can benefit from embracing fathers’ perspectives and how they influence the health and well-being of their children and families.

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This accepted article is published as Greder, K., Zaman, A., Routh, B., Hammons, A., Villegas, E., Rural Midwestern Mexican fathers’ perspectives on family food, mealtimes, and physical activity, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Dec 18 2020. Doi: 10.1080/03670244.2020.1858408. Posted with permission.

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Mexican immigrant fathers, child and family health
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